The debate for best offense in college football revolves around Baylor and Oregon. That's the ultimate sign of respect for the Bears' offense, right?
Well, maybe not, according to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman in 2011 at Baylor.
“Baylor has never really gotten the respect that I feel like it has earned over the past couple of years, with the teams that we've beat," Griffin said. “If we’re winning the conference it’s because the conference is weak, not because Baylor is good. So the guys have a chip on their shoulders and it carries over for us in the pros, we have a chip on our shoulder. We’re real proud of those guys for everything that they’re doing and we hope that they don’t stop at what they're doing right now at number five or number six and they continue to push forward and head for bigger things.”
While we appreciate the fact that Griffin is defending his school -- no one would expect anything less, given that a conference call was set up Wednesday for Griffin to talk about the Bears' 7-0 start -- the usage of the lack of respect card is confounding.
Griffin put Baylor on the college football map with that Heisman run, and the Bears have been darlings since he left. That's only increased this year, as the team has racked up 70 or more points four times and is on pace to accumulate the most yards in a single season of any FBS college football team.
Perhaps the biggest sign of Baylor's arrival was the revelation that sports books are adding 10 points to every Baylor line in the Bears' favor to keep the betting even. If books are having do adjust lines because you're a betting favorite, you can't claim disrespect.
Neither can you when your coach is being mentioned to take over one of the prestigious college football coaching jobs. Speculation has been swirling for some time over the future of Texas coach Mack Brown, and Baylor coach Art Briles is one of the first names mentioned when listing potential successors.
Yeah, the perception of the Big 12 may be down a little bit from where it's been previously, we'll give Griffin that. But it's way up on the Bears.
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